Lonnie Wheatley, CLUTE, Texas (August 1,
2019) – Aaron Reutzel and the Baughman-Reutzel
Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car team are ready for
a pair of big weeks at their home base in
And it all begins this week as the current
All Star Circuit of Champions points leader and
reigning champion swaps out powerplants for this
weekend’s Knoxville 360 Nationals atop the
½-mile Knoxville Raceway clay oval at the Marion
A past Lucas Oil ASCS National champion,
Reutzel has made just a pair of 360-ci starts
over the past two years as he has focused upon
the 410-ci ranks.
“They race entirely different, so I just
have to make some adjustments,” Reutzel says of
the switch. Reutzel claimed a fourth-place
finish in his most recent 360 Nationals effort
in 2017. Reutzel will take in the Thursday
qualifier portion of the 360 Nationals that will
set the stage for Saturday’s finale.
Reutzel will then round out the weekend
with Sunday’s Capitani Classic before shifting
focus to next week’s Knoxville Nationals.
After battling with issues at Eldora two
weeks ago, Reutzel raced the Folkens Brothers
Trucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution
Triple-X Sprint Car into the July 20 Kings Royal
finale only to suffer a cut tire after being
collected in an early tangle.
Already with a half-dozen All Star scores
to his credit this season including a July 12
triumph at Utica-Rome Speedway, Reutzel kept the
Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting &
Coating/Beard Equipment team atop the series
point charts with three top-fives in four events
this past weekend.
The weekend included finishes of fourth at
both Wisconsin’s Plymouth Dirt Track on Thursday
and then West Burlington, Iowa’s 34 Raceway on
Sunday along with a fifth-place finish at
Knoxville Raceway on Saturday. Reutzel had
an additional top-five finish in his sights on
Friday at Minnesota’s Jackson Motorplex on
Friday only to suffer mechanical problems that
forced him pitside.
“I just missed the top line in qualifying,
then the heat was around the bottom,” Reutzel
said of the Thursday card at Plymouth.
Reutzel made the most of it, rallying through
the feature field from 14th aboard
the Nattress Construction/Momentum Racing
Suspensions machine. “It was hard to pass
but we were able to work up to fourth.”
Reutzel set overall quick time the next
night out at Jackson and started the feature
sixth only to have the night cut short by
Moving on to Knoxville, Reutzel timed in
second-quickest overall amongst the field of 48
All Star entries and then climbed from tenth to
fifth in the feature while also testing the 360
waters with a charge from 19th to
“We didn’t draw well for the Dash, but we
were a lot better in the ‘A’,” Reutzel says.
“We had the wrong gear in the 360 for
qualifying, we got that straightened out and
drove all the way up to ninth without a
Reutzel finished out the weekend with a
fourth-place showing at 34 Raceway.
“I was leading the Dash and hit a rut and
bounced it and spun,” Reutzel recalls.
“After starting seventh in the ‘A’, we were up
to third and I hit the same rut and bounced back
to fifth. We were able to get one more
It’s all about Iowa for the next two weeks
beginning with this week’s Knoxville 360
2019 Quick Stats:
51 races, 8 wins, 21 top-fives, 30 top-tens.
Knoxville 360 Nationals on Thursday and
Saturday; Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway
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